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Poison Idea (sometimes referred to simply as âPIâ) were a hardcore punk band from Portland, Oregon.
Poison Idea was formed in 1980 by vocalist Jerry A. (aka Jerry Lang). The initial lineup consisted of Jerry A., Tom âPig Championâ Roberts (guitar), Glen Estes (bass), and Dean Johnson (drums). Inspired by Black Flag and other early Southern California hardcore acts, they were further influenced by Discharge and Los Angeles's the Germs. Germs singer Darby Crash's influence on singer Jerry A.âvocally, lyrically, and philosophicallyâwas monumental, and Poison Idea followed the Germsâ extremist punk ethic.
PIâs classic debut, 1983's Pick Your King EP was a short, lo-fi blast of hardcore fury. The jacket featured a "choice" of two kings, Jesus (front cover) and Elvis Presley (back cover).
In 1984, the band replaced Glen Estes with Chris Tense and released another classic album, the Record Collectors Are Pretentious Assholes 12â (the cover features Pig Championâs substantial vinyl collection). The record found the band incorporating s...